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Sandy Hook Killer Would Have 'Killed Me in a Heartbeat,' Says His Own Father

UpdatePosted 03/10/2014 11:30AM

Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza Would Have 'Killed Me in a Heartbeat,' Says His Father

Originally posted 03/10/2014 08:50AM

In his most extensive comments about the 2012 Connecticut school massacre, the father of gunman Adam Lanza describes his struggle to comprehend what his son did – an act that "couldn't get any more evil" – and how he now wishes that his son had never been born.

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Teen Wounded in Colorado School Shooting Has Died

Teen Wounded in Colorado School Shooting Has Died

Originally posted 12/21/2013 08:45PM

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said in a statement.

Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital.

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families."

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Colorado School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dead, Student Injured

UpdatePosted 12/13/2013 04:15PM

Colorado School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dead, Student Injured

Originally posted 12/13/2013 03:45PM

A student was critically injured Friday after a gunman opened fire at a high school in suburban Denver, Colo., before apparently killing himself.

Authorities say that the suspect, who's been identified as 18-year-old Karl Pierson, was a student at the school, Arapahoe High School, which is located in Centennial. He had reportedly sought to confront a teacher.

The victim, a 15-year-old female student, remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound. The victim's identity has not been released.

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Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Originally posted 10/07/2013 09:20AM

Newtown voters have accepted a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of last year's school massacre.

The unofficial results Saturday were 4,504 for the grant offer and 558 against. The vote was essentially a formality since a task force of Newtown officials decided in May in favor of a plan to tear down the school and build a new one. Sandy Hook students have been attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe.

State lawmakers had set aside the money to help the town build a new school to replace the one where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

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A Weekend of Wedded Bliss: See Who Tied the Knot | Halle Berry, Jimmy Kimmel, Olivier Martinez

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Wedding Weekend: Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez; Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney Are Married

Originally posted 07/15/2013 09:35AM

Wedding bells are ringing loud and clear in Hollywood.

Just two weeks after couples NeNe and Gregg Leakes, Scott Weiland and Jamie Wachtel, Narciso Rodrigue and Thomas Tolan, and Star Wars creator George Lucas and Mellody Hobson made their love official, another three couples walked down the aisle.

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Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Pays Tribute to Mom on Wedding Day

Erica Lafferty, Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, Marries

Originally posted 07/14/2013 02:55PM

Erica Lafferty, the youngest daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in December's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., recently marked a joyous occasion.

On July 6, she married fiancé Christopher Smegielski, at her mother's lake house in the Adirondacks.

That morning, , Lafferty, 27, paid a visit to her mother's grave. And she wore her wedding dress.

"I wanted to let her know how much I missed her," Lafferty says. "No daughter should ever have to do that on her wedding day … and I make sure she is always part of every day, like she always had been."

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Newtown Donations: $7.7 Million to Be Divided Among Families

Newtown Donations: $7.7 Million to Be Divided Among Families

Originally posted 07/12/2013 08:00AM

A community foundation given the task to divide up donations received after the Connecticut school shootings made preliminary recommendations on $7.7 million that call for giving $281,000 to each of the families of the 26 children and school educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

The families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings would each get $20,000; two teachers who were injured would get $150,000 between them.

The foundation was asked to divide up $11.4 million that was raised with the help of the United Way. The foundation previously decided to divvy up $7.7 million to the families and survivors and to have committees decide on uses for the remainder of the donations, including whether to use some of it for future mental health care and other needs.

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Judge Accepts Aurora Shooter's Plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Judge Accepts James Holmes's Plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Originally posted 06/04/2013 12:25PM

A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater-shooting suspect.

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Denver-area movie theater last summer, killing 12 people and injuring 70. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The mental evaluation could take months.

Holmes's lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional. They said the laws could hobble the defense if Holmes's case should ever reach the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.

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Life After Newtown Shooting: Families Share Their Stories

Originally posted 04/03/2013 05:00PM



They still reach for little hands that are no longer there. They dream of their warm hugs, hoping not to wake up.

For parents of the 20 first-graders from Sandy Hook Elementary School whose lives were cruelly cut short on Dec. 14 their grief knows no bounds.

"We've been given an impossible life to live," says Jessica Rekos's mother Krista. "I don't know how to live my life without my little girl."

At home, many of their siblings keep their memories alive. Daniel Barden's sister, Natalie, is keeping a journal of stories for her brother. Josephine Gay's two older sisters look through old videos to listen to her laugh.

And when Noah Pozner's sister, Sophia, recently put together a Lego spaceship, she announced: "Noah helped me put it together."

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Sandy Hook Killer's Home Contained Large Arsenal of Weapons

Sandy Hook Killer's Home Contained Large Arsenal of Weapons

Originally posted 03/28/2013 11:40AM

Sadness and shock still continue to build over the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.

After a three-month investigation, the state prosecutor overseeing the case said Thursday that Adam Lanza, 20, murdered 26 people within five minutes of storming into the school before turning a gun on himself. Wednesday night state police night briefed families of the victims on what was recovered from Lanza's home and car, among other findings.

Among the chilling inventory, reports The New York Times, were a large array of ammunition and weapons that included rifles, knives and samurai swords, as well as damaged computer equipment, journals and a newspaper clipping of a school shooting at Northern Illinois University.

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